Tea party tribute to airman
A charity tea party held in Yorkshire has helped raise more than £700 for the Ashford branch of Marie Curie - nearly 250 miles away.
The event was held in memory of former Ashford resident and ex-airforce serviceman Brian Annandale, who grew up in Tennyson Road, Ashford.
Mr Annandale died in November last year, aged 79, after a seven-year battle with Parkinsons and Lewy body dementia.
He married Pamela in Ashford in 1954 and the pair had three sons, David, Andrew and Steven.
Mr Annandale joined the airforce in the 1950s and worked as a chief technician on Lightnings planes, which later became the Red Arrows.
The couple travelled around the world, with postings in Germany, Cyprus and Africa.
When he retired from the airforce, he started his own business in Yorkshire called Annandale Kitchens and Bathrooms, which is still run today by his three sons.
The strawberry tea party was held in Hull, with arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, music and a tombola - all donated by friends - to help raise final funds.
Marie Curie cared for Mr Annandale is his final few days at home.
Mrs Annandale, 78, said: “We raised money for the workers. Marie Curie were fantastic in the end. I was able to keep him in our home until the end.
“I felt it was time to pay back all the people that helped me.
“We have raised the sum of £701.00 for the Ashford Marie Curie. We thought it was nice as he started life here.
“Brian was a very loving husband. He was a gentleman in everything he did.”
The tea party held to remember Brian Annandale